The list author says: "This is a list of some of the books I have read aloud to my family. This does not encompass all of my favorites; some books are more suited to reading yourself. The books on the list are very character driven with lots of humor and dialogue.
Also, I think most children's literature can be read out loud to small children (4-8). They might not get it all & they may need you to read sections instead of whole chapters, but they are listening & enjoying being paid attention to."
"I donít get why I've seen negative reviews for this. The readers must have read it with an anti kid lit attitude.
FYI, the movie is awful. People always gush about Miyazaki's film in the reviews - gag. Miyazaki took an enchanting slice-of-life-y fantasy and turned it into a political commentary. Maybe the Japanese book translation wasn't so hot & didnít get the real plotÖ"
"Sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Well, technically it's the third book after Castle in the Air. I tend to ignore that book's existence, though...
Howl and Sophie are present, but not the main characters (they play a major part, though.) However, the main character, Charmain, is more than up for the task of leading lady. It may be even more fun than Howl's Moving Castle."
"I really can't tell you which is my favorite - they all have their own special appeal. At the moment I'm leaning towards The Magicians of Caprona or Conrad's Fate. Sort of odd, considering Christopher (my favorite character) is not the main character in either...
Of course, tomorrow I might consider The Pinhoe Egg my favorite :)"
"This is the one book on the list I haven't read aloud. I've read it to myself. It is next on my list, though. Reading Stoneheart aloud has been like pulling teeth so it is taking longer than usual to get to a new book.
Stoneheart is not a good read-aloud! Enchanted Glass will be."
"This set includes all of the books in the series.
The Dark is Rising sequence pulls off having tons of description while still being an excellent read-aloud. It's a little wordy and the plot is intricate but Susan Cooper makes it work. I love a good Arthurian fantasy."
"I'm not sure if this set has the last book (The Last Olympian) in it. I don't do hardcover unless I'm at gunpoint.
The series is a Greek-mythology-in-the-modern-world fantasy. Riordan's way of working in real Greek myths in a funny, modern way is hilarious to people who know the myths & educational to those who don't.
Oh, and don't watch the movie unless you're a masochist. Itís that bad."
"This is the first set of books I read aloud to my family. They aren't long and are very engaging. I'd say this series is the best to read to children with shorter attention spans. Very helpful when you're trying to get them used to and excited about chapter books."
"This was the first longish book I read aloud. I'm not sure how it would go over with boys as itís about three little girls, dancing, theatre, etc. My little brother was only five when I read it aloud so I can't really say how older male kids would take it. My sister was nine at the time & adored it.
The way the book is written is very soothing somehow. A very good chapter-before-bedtime story."
"I feel like this book is overlooked. It has never been recommended to me by any librarian or bookseller. I didn't run across it until I randomly picked up the one library copy when I was twenty one-ish. A bit long but the enchantment makes up for it. Irish mythology based."
"This book actually has quite a bit of plot to it but somehow doesn't feel like it is complex. It is very reader friendly. Don't watch the movie though - it's one of those adaptations you want to burn your eyes out after watching. It took a while for us to get the movie-version characters out of our minds. If you're a Percy Jackson fan - The Thief Lord movie is just as bad as the PJatO movie."